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From a reader: I’m reading your book, insurgency, etc hoping I can help change our schools to Classical Christian - but I have a question. Is it not important to eliminate the Dept of Education in congress and let the states pursue your insurgency?….Tom

Answer: Certainly, the U.S. Dept of Education should be abolished. It's not a function of the federal government. But, that really won't accomplish much. They distribute strings attached money, sure. The real tentacles are in the extensive system of teacher colleges, teacher licensing, school accreditation, state compulsory education statutes, and other administrative rules. These are where the real damage is done. Those wanting to help should petition their state legistlatures to: 1) remove accreditation requirements for regional accreditors. 2) Allow private schools to operate without any government oversight. 3) Disallow colleges from giving state diplomas preference over those schools operated independently.

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Thanks for your excellent work, David. Does this piece apply to Hillsdale charter schools? I commonly hear from friends/other parents that they can’t afford private schools. Charters seem a viable option—but not when they’re trounced, as in the case of Nova. Thanks again.

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A messy business for sure.

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